New Zealand's best river town

why you should visit Kaiapoi.

Kaiapoi, New Zealand’s best river town – famous for its great cafes, eateries and boutique shopping. With the river running through the town, its beautiful and there is lots to do on both the Kaiapoi and the Waimakariri rivers, kayaking, jet boating, paddle boarding, fishing, cruising and dining. For those wanting to be active, there are great walking and biking trails. Kaiapoi has a food forest, a rhododendron park, lakes and close to the sea. That’s just some of the reasons why you should come visit. Ohh did I tell you about the lots of eateries and fabulous cafes?

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To make it easier for you, we have created headings for you to choose from, so you can find your way to Kaiapoi, find a place to eat and drink, do a bit of shopping, cruising or walking or biking.

Explore Kaiapoi - click on the Kaiapoi Flyer Map - a helpful map of local businesses

Kaiapoi is filled with some lovely cafes, restaurants and shops. The owner will often be the person serving you. We are are proud of our town and would love to have you come and visit and spend some time looking around and get to understand why we love it so much.

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“Kaiapoi New Zealand” website has been set up to show why Kaiapoi is New Zealand’s best river town.

Created by Brent a local resident, with assistance of local residents who have supplied images and information about where to shop, what to do, where to visit.


We look to increase the numbers of people wanting to live in Kaiapoi, for the local residents to Support, Shop and Eat Locally. We want to increase the number of domestic tourists and in time, International tourists. If we do this, the local economy will thrive.

“Local events make townships vibrant, retaining residents, along with attracting tourists/visitors to shop and visit local attractions, Opportunities for recreation, entertainment and celebration, improves wellbeing, increase local jobs, encourage local talent, social, cultural, and economic benefits”